Sutton Colloquium

2015 Sutton Colloquium

Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium—48th Annual Conference on International Law


2015 Presentations and Supporting Material
Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy

As a guiding international law principle with significant normative value, Sustainable Development has captured the world’s attention. The Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations General Assembly will adopt at the current session include ending poverty, protecting the planet, enabling access to sustainable energy and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of 2015.

Governments from both developed and developing countries, the private sector, civil society, and individuals, must undertake concerted cooperative efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges international community will face in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially sustainable energy.

Conference Description

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to host its 48th annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (Sutton Colloquium). Leading scholars will present their academic work on the Sustainable Development & Sustainable Energy. Panels will address

The challenge of access to energy for 2.8 or so billion people globally and how the unmet needs of the energy poor might be satisfied;

The processes of unconventional oil and gas exploitation transforming the world economy, rendering irrelevant traditional energy thinking; and unleashing a host of new problems and potential opportunities;

And how even renewable energy sources, which do not involve explosive risks or produce emissions or toxic wastes, have met with resistance because of aesthetic, religious, or cultural concerns.

The conference will take place Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 8:30 am and will close with a Plenary Session followed by a Reception.

2015 Agenda
Panelist Biographies

The 2015 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture


Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage

presented by Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy, Nicholas Doman Professor of Law, International Energy Programs GWC, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Guruswamy will examine the extent to which Natural law, Islamic jurisprudence, Buddhist, and Communitarian philosophies contained principles of justice that were embodied in laws governing different civilizations around the world. He will argue that these principles of justice should be applied to the energy poor of the world who lack access to clean energy.



The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (The Sutton Colloquium) was named for a former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court who was a close friend and longtime supporter of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP).

Held annually since 1967, the Colloquium unites students, faculty and members of Denver’s legal community. Well-known authorities and foreign dignitaries present lectures and panel discussions on current international issues. The resulting papers are then collected into a special issue of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. As is the case with most of the ILSP’s programming, student members of the International Law Society and Denver Journal of International Law and Policy collaborate with staff of the ILSP and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law to coordinate all aspects of the program—from speaker invitations to publication of the papers.

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University of Denver
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